Security has long been a top enterprise worry with cloud computing. However, increases in deployments and cuts in budgets will propel the cloud as a top security infrastructure option over the next four years, according to a new assessment from Gartner Research.

Through 2016, Gartner pointed to three prime trends moving more enterprises toward cloud-based security. Sluggish global economic and debt conditions are expected to bring more public cloud infrastructure mandates from U.S. and other government agencies. In turn, Gartner sees this as forcing more cloud providers into standardizing their offerings along security guidelines such as the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP.

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